Month: May 2016

Rendezvous in Rio de Janeiro

Travelling to Rio De Janeiro super early (i.e. 5am) seemed like a good idea two months ago. I warn against this activity. Despite our 3am wake up call and late bedtime, travelling to Rio De Janeiro was seriously exciting; the iconic city of Brazil awaited us. And first thing on the agenda; see Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). But alas, our naivety and excitement to see Jesus led us to pay an absurd amount of Reais to not even see the iconic statue; enveloped in a thick blanket of cloud and fog, you could see nothing but his head and palm.  Perplexed at our poor decision making, we stood amongst a crowd of indifferent tourists, selfie-ing like there was no tomorrow. Determined to come back when the weather was better, we descended back down Corcovado on the tram, disappointed and seriously hungry. After seeing some Naif art, primitive art from Brazil, at Museu De International Arte Naif, we somehow ended up a spooky historical house where a sketchy woman lives (and by lives we think …

Four Fantastic Fruits From Afar

When in another country you always expect to be surrounded by new local cuisines and dishes, but in Brazil when it came to simply fruits I discovered a whole new array of tropical tastes that blew my British socks off; I figured I was pretty familiar with most of the fruits the world had to offer, but to find such a new variety was naively unexpected… 1 | Pinha (Peen-yah) My first experience and realisation that there was more to the fruit world than that Sainsbury’s could offer was with a Pinha; a tennis ball sized fruit with a crusty, thick scale-like skin. Each scale has one tiny piece of edible fruit with a big fleshy seed in the centre. The meat is white, super sweet and smooth – think grape-like but with more fibre and chew. If you get one ripe enough, the meat will melt in your mouth and the skin and flesh will crumble in your hungry hands.The juice is also delightfully refreshing on a hot (standard) day in the North-East coast …

Antigo Meets Novo

Brazil’s former Dutch colonisation way back in the 1600’s has left modern day Brazil’s urban landscape speckled with beautifully coloured and colonial buildings. Visiting Recife Antigo, Old Recife, the Dutch influence is clear. Narrow roads lined with coloured apartments are vibrant and full of history, larger buildings with more prowess inhabiting many a modern day art gallery, restaurant and artisanal gift selection. In Recife Antigo you can find Marco Zero; literally 0 mark, it marks the beginning for measuring roads in the city and is the place where the Portuguese founded Recife in 1537. What was once a quiet, fairly deserted open area has now been transformed into a bustling hotspot for Recife, where one can experience weekly markets , performances and events alongside new more commercial surrounding developments, featuring artisanal arts and crafts and a variety of cafes and restaurants. The 0 mark itself. Located on the Island of Recife, near the Recife harbor, you can take a boat trip from a willing local on Rio Capibaribe for only a few Reais and sail to Parque das Esculturas …